Man: “Can you please tell me what movies you have checked in that start with the letter A?”

Me: “May I ask if you are looking for a particular title?”

Man: “Yes, American Graffiti.”

Me: “Is it okay with you if I just look up that particular movie?”

Man: “Sure, that’s a good idea!”

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[social sandbox] visual stories, tools from Knight Lab, structured journalism


Hello everyone,

I was at NLGJA last week and sat in on a session about visual design. I thought I would pass along some of the interesting takeaways and links.

1. Here’s a list of visual stories that are unique in some way (curated by Gannett designer Tyler…

Source: socialmediadesk

Millennial Boomtowns: Where The Generation Is Clustering (It's Not Downtown)



Picture Imperfect


Something for Teaching Tolerance magazine to accompany a story about how most children’s books and libraries lack a diverse perspective. AD Valerie Downes.

(via libraryadvocates)

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5 Ways Cloud Computing is Changing How We Do Business

Nowhere is the cloud’s presence more appreciated than in the information-heavy, always growing corporate arena.

Source: smarterplanet

5 Simple Office Policies That Make Danish Workers Way More Happy Than Americans



Why Robocops Need to be Less Efficient Than Human Coaps


Klint Finley

iRobot security robot

New from me at Wired:

Automation is also framed as a way to make law enforcement more efficient. A red light camera can catch a lot more violations than a human can.

The rub is that extreme efficiency isn’t necessarily good thing. That’s what a group…

Source: technoccult

What has Amazon beat on all-you-can-read e-books? Your public library


Though you still have to deal with due dates, hold lists and occasionally clumsy software, libraries, at least for now, have one killer feature that the others don’t: e-books you actually want to read

(via libraryjournal)

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Capital project and infrastructure spending: Key findings: PwC

The global investment in infrastructure will almost double until 2025 - to 9 billion - so there is no doubt where the overflow of capital looking for long term investment opportunities will go?

The report also underlines the uncertainties in these numbers by referring to WEF report risks list. Interesting!

Source: pwc.com

10 Jobs That You Could Have In 2030


Your job seems normal now. In 15 years, when someone tells you they’re a simplicity expert or a robot counselor, you won’t blink an eye.

All of the predictions we’ve seen lately regarding the “jobs of the future” assume that we’ll even have jobs once the robots take over. Eventually, we may not. But in the medium-term future, there will still be jobs for the taking (including jobs overseeing robots).

The Canadian Scholarship Trust teamed up with futurists to imagine a job fair in 2030, with predictions based on the environmental, social, technological, and social trends happening now. Here are some of the jobs they came up with.

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(via futurescope)

Source: fastcompany


How to open a beer using just a banana

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Photo Set



In The Stacks with Hans Weyandt: Scattered Ecstasy

The beginning of any new adventure is the usual mix of excitement and nerves. I have tried, over the past few weeks, to not imagine what this would be like or what I might see. Because I simply couldn’t imagine the possibilities. So when I first walked through the old wooden arch into the room that houses some of the Special Collections I went a bit fuzzy. There is awe, of course. So many other descriptors could fit: I was bewildered, enthralled, transfixed, spellbound, and bewitched. Yes, all of that. And due to our overuse or misuse of so many of these words, they still seem to come a bit short of the things zooming through my head. Like a kid in a candy store is appropriate, and again, so dull in its current meaning.

Entering the Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections (located at the downtown Minneapolis branch) is not unlike stepping into a secret society or land. There is something about it that feels almost forbidden. Yet that is very much not the case. I had no special badge to be there. I own a Hennepin library card. As part of my residency here I will be allowed to access materials available to all of us. 

The Minneapolis History Collection alone is worth a visit. Maps, posters and books both rare and old are neatly shelved everywhere and one can get access to much more by making simple requests. That is what I will be doing and writing about. I am beyond thrilled to have this chance and embarrassed that I have never done it on my own. 

Bailey Diers, one of the librarians on staff, pulled some stuff to show us a bit of the range of the collection. Some of the treasures included: an Icelandic bible from 1612, a copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream autographed by illustrator Arthur Rackham, several fine press books from local artists and other books that had been transitioned from the general collection into this one because of their age. I kept flipping through the Shakespeare—laughing at his unique humor and staring at the art. I kept thinking, “Stop looking at this. There is so much more to see.”

Bailey pulled a record card for my home address that showed when all original permits had been pulled. It showed that our house was built in 1926, one year earlier than we had been told when we bought it. She remarked, “Most people are given incorrect facts about their homes.” 

My friend Berit, who was along for the ride, and I kept grinning at each other maniacally. Can you believe this? As we left she said, “This is beyond whatever you could think about it.” 

Indeed it is. I’m not yet certain how I will limit my time here and try to put something together that is beyond scattered ecstasy because that is a real danger. There is so much to see and I’m ready to dive into all of it.

Hans Weyandt is currently a writer-in-residence at the Central branch of the Hennepin County Library. Hans has worked at four independent bookstores in St. Paul and Minneapolis over the past 15 years. He is the former co-owner of Micawber’s Books and the editor of “Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores” published by Coffee House Press. He currently works at Sea Salt Eatery, Moon Palace Books and Big Bell Ice Cream.

Join us Thursday, September 18th at 6:15 pm for a tour of the collection and a conversation with Hans.. Visit our Facebook event page for more info. 

We are happy to have Hans in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library.  He’ll be at Central to discuss his experience as writer in residence on September 18.

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The UK OKs Self-Driving Cars on Its Roads

Soon, the United States won’t be the only place where cars regularly drive themselves. The UK government announced this week that it will permit driverless cars to traverse its roads beginning next January. The nation’s Department for Transport is set to review existing road rules to determine which ones need to be updated to accommodate self-driving vehicles. The agency will try to differentiate between how the laws will apply to vehicles in which the driver and the car trade off control versus cars that never cede control to a human.

Full Story: SpectrumIEEE

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